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Top 7 Irrfan khan movies you shouldn’t miss

Saahabzaade Irrfan Ali Khan, born on January 6, 1966 passed away on April 29 in Mumbai, fighting colon cancer. The silent expression hero left his lasting impressions not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood and British Films.

Here’s a list of 7 of his finest movies (though it hard to pick 7) I am planning to watch over the weekend to enjoy some of his finest work and remind myself of his greatness in front of a camera.

  1. Life Of Pie – I love this one because Mr. Khan narrates how he survived a deadly situation at sea with a Bengal Tiger as his only partner. It is an internationally acclaimed movie which set a milestone.
Life of Pie official trailer

2. Piku – Mr. Khan shared screen with the Great Amitabh Bachchan and gorgeous Deepika Padukone, these three legends worked together and made Piku a mega hit. The story is about a nagging Bengali father and his daughter’s road trip journey where Mr. Khan plays a role of a cab driver. Enjoy this light hearted movie with a couple of amazing life lessons.

Piku official trailer

3. The Lunchbox – Mr. Khan just stole the hearts of the audiences by his natural acting in this movie. He played a role of widower who fell in a special relationship with a housewife. The special relationship was made via letters inside a lunchbox which was wrongly delivered to him by a lunchbox service company.

The Lunchbox official trailer

4. Paan Singh Tomar – This critically acclaimed movie was a breakthrough in Mr. Khan’s professional life. The story is about an athlete becoming a feared dacoit due to tough circumstances of his mother’s murder and the inability of the police force to bring justice.

Paan Singh Tomar official trailer

5. The Namesake – Having lived in the US, I could somewhat relate to this movie. The story revolves around how Indian Parents try to cope and adjust to the new world in NewYork, USA after relocating from India.

The Namesake

6. Maqbool – This movie directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This movie is filled with extreme talent including Mr.Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Tabu, late Om Puri ji and Naseeruddin Shah.

Maqbool

7. Jurassic World – A story about the genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, who manages to escape and goes on a killing spree. Mr. Khan played the role of the owner of the park, and won the hearts worldwide.

Jurassic World, official trailer

I can’t stop writing about Mr. Khan’s extraordinary and exceptional contribution of acting into the film industry. Movies like Talvar (2015), Saheb Biwi aur Gangster (2013), The Warrior (2001), Life in a Metro (2007), Billu (2009), Jurassic World 4 will love forever with us.

In the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye” – Irrfan Khan from the movie Life of Pie.

In tears,
Jugni!

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Top 5 Rishi Kapoor Movies you shouldn’t miss

Late Rishi Kapoor, a heart-throb, lover boy and a sensational actor in Bollywood passed away today in Mumbai fighting Leukaemia. He was a man with oozing charm and charisma, which made him a dream boy/man for generations. I remember my mum told me once that she bunked her college to see first day first show Rishi Kapoor’s movie. And a few years ago, Jugnu and I went first day first show for Kapoor & Sons.

Born in the Kapoor family, he was a natural. His grandfather Mr. Prithviraj Kapoor and father Raj Kapoor were one of the most influential actors and now his son Ranbir Kapoor is no less. Mr. Rishi Kapoor debuted in 1973 in the musical romantic movie Bobby and never looked back since then.
I am a big fan of all his work. But here are a few of my best favourite movies:

  1. Bobby 1973 – As mentioned above, it was his debut film directed by his father, Mr. Raj Kapoor. He played an heir of a rich businessman who fell in love with a 16 year old Bobby, played by Dimple Kapadia. They say it was no less than a cult romantic blockbuster.
Bobby, 1973 Starring Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia

2. Chandani 1989 – Late Yash Chopra’s classic movie “Chandani” starred three finest actors of the era, Mr. Rishi Kapoor, Mr. Vinod Khanna and Sridevi. Destiny separates Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor apart. She meets Vinod Khanna and the story turned around when Rishi Kapoor return. This is so unfortunate that all the 4 legends have left us.

Chandani 1989 starring Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi and Vinod Khanna

3. Karz 1980 – The greatest thriller movie starring Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Simmi Grewal was about the rebirth of a popular singer Ravi, Rishi Kapoor recollects his memories of how he was murdered in his previous life and plans to take revenge.

Karz 1980 Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, Simmi Grewal

4. Amar Akbar Anthony 1977 – An action comedy film filled with bundle of Talent starring Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna. Three brother separated during childhood days and united after years, one as Hindu, second as muslim and third as Christian. It is filled with fun, emotions and adventure.

Amar, Akbar Anthony

5. Kapoor & Sons 2012 – I fell in love with Rishi Sir when I saw this movie. He played a role of modern grandfather of 2 famous actors, Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan. The film is about the grandsons returning back home for Rishi sir’s birthday celebration and found their parents marriage is on the edge.

Kapoor & Sons 2012

It was so hard to pick my top 5 movies from his amazing work. My heart and soul is not able to believe that he is no more. We lost a gem and no one could ever take his place. His immeasurable talent, warm heart, witty jokes and beautiful soul will always stay alive in our hearts.

Grieving in my nest!
Jugni

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Rishi Kapoor (Chintoo – the ‘lover boy’ of bollywood) dies of Cancer

“He’s gone. I’m destroyed” – Amitabh Bachchan in his latest tweet on the death of his long time friend Rishi Kapoor.

It is another sad day. One of Bollywood’s most versatile actors, loved across generations, Rishi Kapoor is no more. He was keeping unwell for a while and was rushed to a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday, April 29, where he took his last breath. His wife (and the love of his life) Neetu Singh and his son (one of the most popular Bollywood actors of this generation) Ranbir Kapoor were with him during his last moments.

He belonged to ‘The Kapoor Family’ of Bollywood, and carried the torch from the likes of Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. His cousin brothers Randheer kapoor and Shashi kapoor have also been noted actors of their time.

Image credits : Deccan Herald

Rishi Kapoor was shooting for ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ in Delhi earlier this year when he felt unwell and was later moved to a hospital in Mumbai. Reports suggest that the main cause of his death was cancer relapse. He had undergone a treatment for this cancer in New York. He went there in Sep 2018 and the treatment took almost a year.

He brought magic, charm and a refreshed energy into Bollywood movies in the 70s via his exceptional performances in movies like Bobby (debut), Karz, Chandni, Amar Akbar Anthony. He made a comeback to the movie industry after a long gap in the 2000s and started taking up challenging roles of negative characters and proved his mettle as a versatile actor. His work as Rauf Lala in the remake of Agneepath (starring Hrithik Roshan) will be remembered for generations.

I grew up watching Rishi Kapoor movies and can watch Chandni, and Kapoor & Sons anytime. Both of these movies show how dynamic, and natural he was in the world of acting. To me, Bollywood has lost a legend, an actor who introduced and in a way, redefined romance in Bollywood. The colorful sweater wearing personality suited his charisma.

You’ll live forever in our hearts, Rishi ji. RIP.

Wings down today as well,
Jugni

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My Reflection on the sad news of Irrfan Khan’s demise (Updated quote from Life of Pi)

“The whole of life becomes an act of letting go. What hurts the most is not taking a moment to say Good-bye”

Late Irrfan Khan (Jan 1967 – Apr 2020) – Quote from the movie ‘Life of Pi’

This great asset to the Indian film industry passed away today at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He was admitted in the hospital yesterday, 28th April to seek treatment for his colon infection. Mr. Khan had been battling from Colon Cancer, he was diagnosed with a neuro-endocrine disorder in the year 2018. He was surrounded by his family during his last stage, his wife Sutapa Sikdar and 2 sons Babil and Ayan.

He was one of the finest actors in Bollywood and Hollywood, and had also won a Padma Shri Award. As they say, he was a man with silent expression and deep eyes., a few words from the official quote. He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2018 and underwent treatment and chemotherapy and was recovered. He wanted his fans to be aware of his illness so he tweeted “The unexpected makes us grow”.

Mr. Khan was a charm of Bollywood and he was last seen in the movie, Angrezi Medium. He wasn’t a part of the promotion because of the health and rather spoke to his fans via a video message ahead of the trailer of the film. This post is simply a tribute to him, some of his finest works and to act as a remembrance for years to come. Here’s some of my favorite where he was at his finest charisma and enthralled the audience with his performances.

  1. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  2. Life of Pie (2012)
  3. The Lunchbox (2013)
  4. Jurassic World (2015)
  5. Piku (2015)
Irrfan Khan’s Legend work, Piku Official Trailer
Lunchbox Official Traier

As Priyanka Chopra said, “the charisma he bought to everything he did was pure magic”, Slumdog Millionaire director, Danny Boyle, described his work in the oscar winning movie as “beautiful to watch”.
It is a very sad day for the entire Film Industry. The void created by his death can never be filled. RIP, Sir.

Not Flying today
Jugni!